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    C261 German trade, late 19th or early 20th century

    $ 2,700.00

    Although this violin has a commercial, spirit-based varnish, it has been made in the style of the 18th and 19th century hand copyists of Stainer and Amati, with a long, slightly narrow outline and a full, rounded arching which rises from the purfling. The sound is strongly influence by the modelling, with an unusual, deep but clear tone.

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    C349, Unlabelled “Amati” copy violin, Germany, late 19th or early 20th centuries

    $ 2,700.00

    True to its Amatese modelling – the broad, scooped channels within the purfling and the high, smoothly arched curves of the belly and back – this German violin has a sweet, silvery tone, with clarity and a reasonable volume. The one-piece maple back has a very attractive, narrow flame, and the edge work is delicate, with slender, tapered corners.

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    S262 Labelled “Nicola Amati”, Mittenwald, Germany, mid-late 19th century

    $ 2,700.00

     

    This attractively-made German “Amati” copy violin has a warm red-brown varnish which has developed an appealing craquillure pattern. The maple back is in one piece, with a soft, sloping flame. The tone is clear and pleasant, with a similar quality over all four strings. The violin is accompanied by a half-moon,  Bobelock case and a student-quality bow.

     

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    S260 “Antonius Stradivarius”, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century

    $ 2,700.00

    Labelled “Antonius Stradivarius” Germany, late 19th or early 20th century.

    This golden brown violin has been antiqued either creatively, with elaborate acid etching on most varnished surfaces. The modelling is broad and strong, belying the tone, which is quite sweet and clear.

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    S317 Jürgen Klier, Mörendorf, Germany, early 21st century

    $ 2,700.00

    The Klier family have been active as violin makers and manufacturers for several generations. The Jürgen Klier workshops are based in Mörendorf, an outlying town northwest of the major violin making centre of Bubenreuth. This half-sized violin has been well made, with a strongly scraped, attractively antiqued varnish. The tone is very good for a small instrument, with warmth, depth and clarity. The violin has been well set up and is very easy to play.

    It comes with a sturdy, oblong case and two bows.

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    S378 Unlabelled, handmade, Chinese, early twenty first century

    $ 2,700.00

    Despite the absence of a label, this violin is readily identifiable as a fairly faithful copy of the “Paganini Il Cannone” violin of 1742 by Guarneri del Gesu, from the long, slender, Brescian-style ‘f’ holes to the chunky scroll with its tightly carved volutes. The varnish, though attractively antiqued, is more generic, with a warm, golden orange-red colour layer and wiped edges. The maple back is in one piece, with an appealing, narrow flame. The tone is even across all four strings, and clear and strong in higher positions as well as in lower registers.

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    S318 Unlabelled, Chinese, early twenty first century

    $ 2,750.00

    This attractive-looking instrument is one of the new breed of handmade violins now emerging from China. The wood of the back and ribs may well be European, and has an attractive, soft, glowing flame. Though unlabelled, the violin is a reasonable copy of the work of Guarneri del Gesu. The tone of the upper strings is particularly appealing, with clarity, resonance but no harshness.

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    S407 7/8 violin unlabelled, German, but in the French Mirecourt style, late nineteenth or early 20th century

    $ 2,750.00

    While large three-quarter or small full-size violins abound, it is rare to come across a genuine seven-eighths violin. These instruments were made as “ladies’ violins” for people of smaller adult build or with smaller hands. This example, with a back length of 347.5mm, or just under 13 ¾ inches, has a red-brown varnish and crisp edges very much in the style of the French Mirecourt workshops, but is probably made in Germany: the original label, now lost, would probably have used the term “Französische”. The tone is clear and even, and speaks easily.

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    C343, Labelled “Stradivarius”, European, probably German, early 20th century

    $ 2,800.00

    This pleasant-looking, European-manufactured  violin has relatively plain-looking wood but a surprisingly attractive tone, open, resonant, warm and characterful. The varnish is a red-gold colour, shaded to simulate wear but without any other antiquing.

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    C392 Labelled “Stradivarius”, Germany, early-mid twentieth century

    $ 2,800.00

    This rather striking, red-gold coloured German violin, though labelled “Stradivarius”, is something of a hybrid: the outline is Stradivarian; the ‘f’ holes, scroll and arching owe more to Guarneri del Gesu; and the ‘f’ hole nicks follow Andreas Amati. The tone is rich and characterful, with an ease and clarity of production.

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    S417 Unlabelled “Stradivari” copy violin, European, probably French, early twentieth century

    $ 2,850.00

    Though lacking the commonly-applied red-brown varnish, this violin has other characteristics of Mirecourt making —well-cut edges, a generous button and a full, balanced scroll, all of which indicate a French origin. Fans of the movie “The Red Violin” will enjoy the vibrant colour of the varnish. The tone, though not big, is clear and bell-like, with a pleasing character on all four strings.

    Start sale price: $2,850.00

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    S321 Labelled “Michele Deconet… 2005” China, early twenty-first century

    $ 2,900.00

    This is a very attractive-looking violin, with a golden orange-brown, lightly-antiqued varnish that enhances the appearance of the wood below. Michele Deconet was an eighteenth century Venetian maker of French birth, whose output was prolific but quite variable in style. Some small attempts have been made here to imitate the detail of his work, most notably in the narrow, tapering lower wings of the ‘f’ holes, though the upper wings are decidedly Stradivarian. The tone is clear and resonant, and particularly pleasing on the D and A strings.

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    S390 Violin labelled “Nicolaus Amatus”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

    $ 2,900.00

    This is an attractive and characterful example of the violins produced in the Markneukirchen area of Saxony during the height of German violin production. While the modelling gives little more than a nod towards the “Amati” style, the tone is sweet and clear. Varnish antiquing on the belly has been taken a little far—a number of lines have been scored in the cheeks, in line with the grain, to imitate cracks—but the violin itself is in very sound condition. The one-piece back, though it has a very subdued flame, derives its ambience from being cut on the slab, giving it a soft, appealing appearance.

    Start sale price: $2,900.00

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    S142 Carl Sandner “Stradivarius”copy violin, model “Rex”, Mittenwald, Germany

    $ 3,500.00

    Carl Sandner was a good violin maker in his own right, but most of the instruments with this label are from the large violin manufacturing workshop he established in Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. This is one of the workshop’s better models, hand-finished with a soft, amber-coloured spirit varnish, and with a well-selected, one-piece maple back. The tone is clear and resonant.

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    S226 “Mastri” 3/4 violin

    $ 3,500.00

    “Mastri”, Markneukirchen, Germany 2010.

    Mastri violins has produced a wide range of good quality student instruments since 2004, but its training and expertise are rooted in the violin making tradition of the Vogtland. This attractive small violin is varnished in the modern Markneukirchen style with a lightly antiqued, golden red-orange finish. The maple, one-piece back has a narrow, regular flame, and the violin is set up with good quality fittings and strings. The tone is surprisingly rich and resonant, fully justifying its price. The violin is accompanied by a modern case and good-quality pernambuco bow.

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    S360 Unlabelled, “Maggini” copy, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century

    $ 3,500.00

    In the heyday of commercial German violin production, large workshops made many “Maggini”-copy violins, characterised by a broad model and arching, double purfling lines, long, narrow “Brescian”-style ‘f’ holes, and – as with this handsome example – an extra turn on the scroll and “birds eye” maple. The pleasing visual appearance of this violin is matched by a lovely, characterful tone, with a clear, ready response, a bell-like resonance and strength in the lower registers.

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